• DaveDev

    Commodore 64 - Celebrating 25 years!



    News.com is running an article on the 25th Anniversary party The Computer History Museum threw last night for the Commodore 64.  Jack Tramiel, Commodore's Founder, made a rare public appearance!

    ""The only difference was the price," Tramiel said. "Because it seems that in this country, if you sell something cheaper, it couldn't be as good. If it's more expensive, and it's the same product, that must be a better product. That didn't stop me. I still wanted to sell it for a low price. If a person pays three times as much for a computer, he has to be proud of it, because he paid for it."

    As I mentioned on my blog previously the Commodore Vic 20 and then 64 is where it all began for me.  I can still remember opening the manual and entering the first commands in BASIC.  Memories filled with hours spent writing my own programs or connecting to the BBS's that were out there (at 300 baud modem lightning speeds!). 

    For any of those out there from the Commodore generation I'd recommend reading On the Edge: the Spectacular Rise and Fall of Commodore



    It is filled with behind the scenes insight into the creation of the Vic 20, the 64, the 128 and the Amiga.  With stories told by the employees who lived it, it held my interest the entire book.  The business lessons learned still apply today and it may even give you some flashbacks to your old computing days like it did for me.  Enjoy!

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  • DaveDev

    Upcoming Microsoft events in Malvern, PA


    If you are free on Saturday, December 15th and local to the Malvern area stop on by for some exciting Silverlight and Robotics Studio Sessions!

    Here is a blurb...

    XNA and Robotic Studio Day


    We are also hosting a XNA Studio and Robotic Studio event on the same day as Silverlight Firestarte event. It does not matter if you are a seasoned developer, a hobbyist or a student. Come and enjoy this great event.


     8:30–9:30 AM

    Breakfast and Registration

     9:30–10:30 AM

    Introduction to Microsoft Robotic Studio

     10:30–11:30 AM

    Robotic Studio Essentials

     11:30 AM–12:30 PM


     12:30–1:30 PM

    Introduction to Microsoft XNA Game Studio

     1:30–2:30 PM

    XNA Essentials

     2:30–2:45 PM


     2:45–3:45 PM

    Building 3D Games with XNA Game Studio and C# Part 1

     3:45–4:45 PM

    Building 3D Games with XNA Game Studio and C# Part 2


    Silverlight 1.0 Fire Starter

    This daylong event is free to anyone who wants to learn about designing and developing with Microsoft Silverlight 1.0.

    Microsoft Silverlight 1.0 is a cross platform browser plug-in that enables for easy development of media rich web sites.  


    8:00–8:30 AM


    8:30–10:00 AM


    10:15– 1:15 AM

    Microsoft Expression Design Tools

    11:15 AM–12:15 PM

    XAML Essentials for Silverlight

    12:15–1:00 PM


    1:00–2:00 PM

    Developer Tools for Silverlight

    2:00–3:00 PM

    Media, Markers and More

    3:00–3:15 PM


    3:15–4:15 PM

    Silverlight and AJAX

    4:15–5:00 PM

    What will Silverlight look like in future versions? WPF

    5:00–5:30 PM



    Registration Links:

    Silverlight Firestarter event 

    XNA Robotic Studio event



    More info on Dani Diaz's blog here.

  • DaveDev

    Exciting news in the world of Silverlight


    First up, 1.1 renamed to 2.0!   GoLive License support, release timeframes, new features...

    Get all the info here via Dr. Sneath...

    " Firstly, we're announcing today that we're renaming Silverlight 1.1 to Silverlight 2.0. As we've been building out the feature set for Silverlight v.Next, it's been becoming increasingly clear that this is a big release. Adding together the Common Language Runtime, Base Class Libraries, Dynamic Language Runtime, the UI Frameworks, DRM, and a bunch of other features I'm not going into at this stage, it's apparent that if this doesn't count as a major version release, the bar will be set so impossibly high that we'll never be able to name a Silverlight release as anything other than version 1.x! At the end of the day, this is just branding - it's not really "news" in its own right, but of course you'll see us start to refer to the v.Next release as Silverlight 2.0.

    Secondly, I wanted to write a bit about where we are in the development process. Internally, we're just completing our third development milestone. We have just one more milestone to go before MIX, which is when we're going to have a new public release available. We'll also have a non-commercial go live license ready by then. For today, Silverlight 1.0 is the appropriate choice if you want to build a site that needs to go into production within the next few months, but by the time we ship our next public preview release, we'll be at a point when it will be appropriate for developers to start building .NET-based solutions. "

    Also, in case you missed it the first update to Silverlight 1.0 was been released. 

    Via Mike Harsh...

    In the midst of all the work our team has been cranking on for Silverlight v1.1 (controls, databinding, layout, templates, styling and a package based app model, phew!), we've also been working with customers to address the top set of issues folks have hit with Silverlight v1.0.  Today we're happy to be releasing an update to address many of these issues.  The first Silverlight v1.0 service release is now live and includes the following improvements and fixes:

    ·         Improved media performance and stability, especially for full-screen video. This includes improving A/V sync, which provides a better experience on lower-end machines.

    ·         HTTP redirection now works for images and other media.

    ·         Improved support for font managers & Mac Office 2008 fonts.

    ·         Streaming video through proxied network connections only worked through port 80. Silverlight now respects the proxy port settings.

    ·         Allowing access to all content embedded in .zip files with a non-.zip extension.

    ·         Support for logging with Windows Media Services

    ·         Loading XAML from a script tag will now work on all supported browsers.

    The first bullet is the big ticket item.  It encompasses 4 sizable perf improvements that really make video in Silverlight hum.  This update will be rolled out to all users running Silverlight v1.0 via the auto-updater built into the plug-in.  If you’re impatient and want to get the update sooner, you can get it from the Silverlight installation page.

    Jaime Rodriguez has an excellent write up on who should use the new update and when.

    But that's not all... 

    Want to add Silverlight Streaming content to your blog?  A Live Writer plug-in is now available to do just that. 

    How about publishing your Silverlight Video directly to your Silverlight Streaming account?  You got it!  An add-on for Expression Encoder is now available that lets will let you publish directly to your Silverlight Streaming account.

    The .net DEvHammer has all the juicy details here.  Check it out!


  • DaveDev

    Silverlight 1.1 Tools for Visual Studio 2008 RTM Available!


    Go grab them here.

    Via Scott Guthrie...

    " The tools alpha refresh released today has the same feature-set as the Silverlight Tools Alpha add-on which was previously available for Visual Studio 2008 Beta2 (it has simply been updated to work with the final VS 2008 release).  This feature-set includes basic Silverlight 1.1 project system support, XAML markup editing and intellisense support, debugging support, Expression Blend project compatibility, and VB and C# code-behind intellisense.  You can find quickstart tutorials that detail how to use these features here.

    The next public preview of Silverlight will include a ton of new runtime features, as well as a significantly enhanced VS 2008 tooling support.  I'll be blogging more details about this shortly. "

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